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From 1st grade till now (4th semester, when I wrote this chapter), approx. 14 years of education (ignoring pre-school and nursery) has passed and in this duration I have studied more than 80 books (average 5 subjects) out of which I had gone through more than 400 chapters (again taking 5 as average), and God knows out of these chapters how much I had memorized (and is still in my LTM: Long-term memory). Bearing in mind that I am not an extraordinary student, I had my ups and down (which everyone does), but I always stood as an average student (no hard feelings, instead Alhamdulillah: Thanks to Allah for everything), sometimes more than average.
My primary focus is that in spite of how much I have studied till now if I haven’t been able to read a book in which I was being discussed from the start till end, every word being depicting a critical conversation between the reader and the one Who is the Author of that book. If I haven’t been able to memorize even a single part of that book, although I had memorized tons of texts from the paragraph of those 400 chapters then am I not at lost? The one Book which contains all the information, all the secrets of life which can’t be gained by any other book not even science, culture or ancestry of any part of the world. The one Book whose Author is the One who created me, if I call that Book my manual (if humans are taken as machines, a complex machine) then I won’t be wrong. The Author not only created me and those who are like me but Every Single Thing in the heavens above and on the earth and whatever is between them.
I know how to read/write, I can even read the language of that book like the majority of the people of my country (Again Alhamdulillah) but Alas! Even if I can read, I can’t understand, because never gave a single thought towards it (honestly). But the amazing part is that The Author of that Amazing Book knows this! And He even says in His book that
And We have indeed made the Quran (The Name of THAT BOOK) easy to understand and remember, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?
[Surah Al Qamar: The Moon 54:17]
And another Amazing fact! That Author didn’t just say it in one place so that it might be ignored by the one who is not paying attention, But the same words are repeated in that BOOK for 4 TIMES in the SAME CHAPTER. [54:17] [54:22] [54:32]
[54:40]. This indicates that the Book itself is easy (because the Author is saying that and He is the Creator knows me much more than I know myself). Currently, I am 20 years old, my memory is good as compared to the majority of people who are
older than me and it’s also commonly seen that memory decreases as you get older. So, what if I take the first step and start memorizing Qur’an (That Book) which Allah Almighty (Author and protector of Qur’an.) says it’s easy to remember and understand, I believe it has the power to change my and your life once and for all.
Basic facts about that Book (Holy Qur’an)
# of Chapters: 114 (out of which the last 27 chapters are equal to my 2 or 3 chapters of almost any book even from school level considering the amount of text)
# of Verses: 6236 approx. (still a lot less than # of sentences in a Book, keeping in mind that there are some tables of word which repeat so much in Qur’an that they make 80% of it Link:- emuslim.com, so if one memorizes and understands those, 80% of the Qur’an is already in your heart and mind [God Willing] )
The purpose of this chapter is to make (firstly myself) people realize the importance of Qur’an and the connection with that fantastic Book which talks about you, everything you need to know about Life is written there. I know many of my friends from school memorized many chapters from Qur’an because it was part of our syllabus, and I assume that like me everyone thinks he/she forgot that
(but Another Amazing Fact! Give it a read, and you will be amazed to see that you didn’t forget it entirely and most of the part are still in your LTM).
And those who know how to read Arabic, why are you ignoring such a beautiful gift? There are people around the world who are struggling to even read the Arabic of the first chapter of Qur’an!
Don’t know where to take the first step?
First of all pray to the Author Qur’an, Your One and Only Creator for guidance and help because without the help of Allah, nothing can happen.
Last part of the Qur’an is short mostly chapters consists of 4 to 5 verses, so start from the last part of Qur’an. Try to memorize the Arabic first (verse by verse, two verses at a time, your choice). Then practice that in your five daily prayers, when waking up from sleep, when driving/ traveling to work or school, when reaching the destination, upon leaving the destination and before Sleeping. The best way to practice is that you share what you have learned with the members of your family (father, mother, sister/brother, etc.) ask them to help you in it or you could study together, and at night everyone recites what they memorized. Give a task to each other with a deadline, and then take a test of each other in memorization.
Once the Arabic part is in your heart! It’s time for Understanding! Because without understanding the meaning, it doesn’t have much effect on you and Qur’an is not just for reading, but it’s a complete code of life. You have to understand the meaning of it and implement in your life so that you find peace and success by the mercy of Allah. So, now do the same thing (as above) but now memorize the Translation! (Either whole verse or word by word although the latter one is more efficient). Once both Arabic and translation is done, you will feel amazement (don’t forget to thank Allah). Now in your prayer, if you’re praying behind the imam and he recites the chapter which you now know! As he will be reciting Arabic portion, the translation will be moving in your mind, and that’s the most amazing feeling one can ever have!
Similarly, carry on doing the same technique with other chapters too! Take advantage of your memory it’s indeed a Blessing! In future, you will greatly benefit from it spiritually, mentally and socially.
After you have done memorizing a portion of Qur’an (e.g. now you want to do revision and stop memorization for a while) so, now give some time to Tafsir (by Ibn Kathir or other renowned scholars of past), it contains an explanation of the verses of Qur’an with context and references. As Qur’an was revealed in portions and contains lessons from past even before 1400 years ago, so the context and history matters a lot when studying Qur’an and simple translation from Arabic to your language won’t give the true explanation of the verses. So, spend some time studying Tafsir of Qur’an, and you will be amazed by the wisdom it will give you by the help and mercy of Allah. (But please don’t fall into trap of such tafsirs that promote wrong concepts and don’t explain the right message of Islam. Always ask Allah for guidance towards right path)
We don’t own Islam, it’s the religion of Allah, and we are its follower’s.So we need to ask Allah alone for true guidance and His help in learning, studying, memorizing His Great Book.
That was my advice for you if you like the message share it with your family and friends too.
A whole world of wisdom is waiting for you! Take your first step! In Shaa Allah (If Allah Wills)
Watch this Series called “Traveler with Qur’an” (Season 1 and 2).